On the Way out to Sants

Located between Gran Via and Sants, Hostafrancs fans out in a broad triangle on the other side of Plaça d'Espanya.

The main streets are Creu Coberta and Consell de Cent and the centre of the neighbourhood is based around the market, where these streets meet close to the metro station.

The name of the neighbourhood dates back to the 1840s when Joan Corrades i Bosch bought some land and built a hostel, which he named after his hometown in Segarra in Lleida Province - Hostafrancs.

Given that this was the Madrid road leading to the Gate of Sant Antoni, the hostel became a popular stop for travellers arriving when the city gates were closed.

In many respects, Hostafrancs is a completely administrative invention and historically has always been a neighbourhood of Santa Maria de Sants, the original parish now simply known as Sants.

Admittedly, the municipal market is a focus for the community but I certainly find it difficult to tell where one barri finishes and the other begins.

The neighbourhood's industrial past also goes hand in hand with Sants with the development of textile factories in the open fields here in the second half of the 19th century.

The Parc de l'Espanya Industrial, on the site of the old Muntadas textile factory, which pays homage to the area's industrial history is on the border between Sants and Hostafrancs.

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